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Hospital 'sorry' for temporary reintroduction of visiting restrictions

Visiting restrictions will be increased at Peterborough City Hospital from Monday, July 26.
Peterborough city hospital
Figures show that on July 20, there were 28 Covid inpatients being treated at NWAFT sites (Photo: John Baker)

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust (NWAFT) has made the decision to reintroduce restrictions at Peterborough City, Hinchingbrooke and Stamford hospitals as a precautionary measure to manage the spread of Covid-19.

The reintroduction of greater restrictions will mean visiting will not take place across the inpatient areas of the three sites.

But exemptions are in place for patients receiving end of life care, for carers and parents of children.

There will be no change to arrangements for people using maternity services, including the neonatal intensive care unit or special care baby unit.

Jo Bennis, chief nurse for NWAFT, said: “We are sorry to have to return to this level of restrictions because of increasing cases.

“We recognise how hard this is for patients and their loved ones and we will monitor the situation very closely and reinstate visiting as soon as we feel it is safe to do so.

“In the meantime, we will continue offering our Letters to Loved Ones service. We also have iPads for patients to receive video calls.”

The most recent NHS England statistics reveal that 14 Covid-19 patients were admitted to NWAFT hospitals in the week to July 18, with seven admitted on July 15.

Three patients were admitted the week before, to July 11.

On July 20, there were 28 Covid inpatients being treated at NWAFT sites; a month prior, on June 20, there were three Covid patients in hospital beds.

The number of patients requiring mechanical ventilation beds has also increased from zero on June 20 to five on July 20.

If you have an appointment or are booked in for an operation/procedure at any of the three hospitals, you should attend as planned, but please follow public health advice at all times.

This means patients should:

  • Use hand sanitiser upon entering buildings and department areas
  • Wear a face covering in the hospital
  • Keep your distance from others.

People should not attend hospital if they have coronavirus symptoms (a high temperature; new, continuous cough; loss of taste or smell) but should stay at home and book a test at or call 119.

For more details on hospital visiting restrictions and video calls/letters to loved ones support please see NWAFT visitor information or contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALs) for advice.